National Park Reservations: Which National Parks require reservations?

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In previous years, U.S. national parks have seen record influxes of visitors, prompting some parks to put capacity on who is allowed in the park, and some requiring reservations. Here is a list of parks requiring reservations:

Acadia National Park: Located in Maine, Acadia National Park requires a National Parks Pass to enter the park.

  • In order to drive on the Cadillac Summit route, vehicle reservations are required from May 25 through October 22 in addition to the entry pass.
  • Private vehicle passes can be purchased for $4 at Recreation.gov.

Arches National Park: In response to a surge in visitor numbers, Arches National Park, located near Moab, Utah, is requiring timed admission tickets to enter the park. Here are the steps to follow to secure your place at the arches.

  1. Purchase a National Parks Pass at NPS.government website.
  2. Book a timed entry ticket at Recreation.gov.
  • Tickets go on sale three months in advance on a first-come, first-served basis
  • If you are traveling in May, tickets will be available in February, and so on.
  • Additional tickets will be made available monthly and daily, but tickets are selling out quickly. The NPS recommends purchasing tickets three months in advance. Tickets cannot be purchased at the park entrance.

3. Bring photo ID to the Arches entrance.

  • In addition to photo ID, be sure to have copies of your timed reservation ticket and National Parks Pass printed or downloaded at the park entrance.

Haleakala National Park: If one plans to see the sunrise at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii, reservations are required Between 3 and 7 a.m. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance at Recreation.gov.

  • Upon entry, a parks pass, photo ID, and reservation are required.

Glacier National Park: Located in northern Montana, Glacier National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country. Vehicle reservations are required at the entrance to the Going-to-the-Sun road corridor and for the North Fork branch of the park.

  • These reservations are required from May 27 to September 11, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Maps and more information on vehicle reservations can be found on the park website.

Rocky Mountain National Park: In northeast Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park will require timed admission tickets to enter the park between May 27 and October 10.

  • Tickets will be available at Recreation.gov a month in advance.
  • Visit the park website to see which specific parts of the park will require reservations.

Shenandoah National Park: To visit Old Rag Mountain in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, all visitors, including hikers, will need to purchase a one-day ticket. Reservations must be made between March 1 and November 30.

Zion National Park: Although a reservation is not required to enter Zion National Park in Utah, hikers in Angels Landing will need to purchase a hiking permit.

  • This will come into effect after April 1.
  • Hikers will need to enter a lottery to be drawn for a hiker’s permit, the lottery opens two months before the allocated hiking period.
  • The next available lottery opens April 1, hikers can enter for $6. You will find more information about Sion and how the lottery works on the website park website.
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